CASTRIES, St. Lucia -- Soft-adventure packages are proving to be
big sellers this winter in St. Lucia, according to tourism
officials, who are optimistic that the regionwide tourism rebound
is indeed a reality.
"Signs point to a steady season beyond this month and into the
spring and summer," one hotelier said. "Many of us had strong
holiday seasons that carried over into January, usually a slow
period. We just have to keep the momentum going."
Hoteliers are proving creative this winter, adding novel
features and package add-ons.
Anse Chastanet, for example, launched a Kool Kayaking Adventure,
its first such venture using seagoing Prijon sea kayaks and trained
The Prijon is a rigid kayak with handling similar to a
Rates for a daylong beginner class are $75 per person in a
single-person boat and include two hours of instruction in the
morning and a 90-minute kayak tour along the coast with guide in
the afternoon. More experienced kayakers can opt for the afternoon
tour only, at $39 per person in the single kayak or $59 for two in
the two-seat kayak.
The resort's Kai Belte Spa now offers yoga, Pilates and stretch
classes six days a week. The classes are free to guests.
Rates at Anse Chastanet through April 6 range from $455 to $795
per room, double, with breakfast and dinner; the range from April 7
to May 31 is $255 to $550 without meals. For details, visit www.ansechastanet.com.
St. James's Club, Morgan Bay has three new daylong eco packages
that include a bike trip to Diamond Waterfalls, $50 per person; a
drive tour of St. Lucia with swimming or snorkeling at Anse Cochon
beach, $78; and a Jeep tour through the rain forest, a visit to the
Soufriere drive-in volcano, a hike to the waterfalls and lunch at a
fishing village, $50. For details, visit www.eliteislandresorts.com.
Ladera Resort hosts its second annual Astronomy Nights program
March 13 to 20, featuring Derrick Pitts, Fels Planetarium director
at the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia. Pitts
will guide guests through constellation viewings.
Rates begin at $395 per room, per night, double, and include a
one-bedroom suite or villa accommodations, a sky-viewing book, a CD
and a Milky Way or Cosmopolitan cocktail. Call (800) 917-0766 or
Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort pays 15% commission on a
six-night package that features two meals a day and roundtrip
transfers. Through April 18, rates start at $125 per person, per
night, in an oceanview room and $170 in a one-bedroom villa.
New optional day trips this winter include a day-long Jeep and
boat tour with a rain forest hike, a visit to Soufriere and a
sunset cruise, priced at $250 for two, and three two-tank dives or
four half-day snorkeling trips and sunset cruise, priced at $345
for two. For details, visit www.windjammer-landing.com.
To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].